The Pharaoh’s Daughter
Book 1: Treasures of the Nile series
Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow.
Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her–or her siblings–at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. When she learns that she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army, Anippe launches a series of deceptions with the help of the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile—in order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods.
When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger. As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan for them all?
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I very much enjoyed reading Mesu Andrews’ The Pharaoh’s Daughter, which told the story of the woman who found Moses, and is a wonderful biblical historical fiction novel. I am trying to read more historical fiction, and I am so glad I started with this book. The author brought the culture of the time and Ancient Egypt to life, which I am sure took a lot of research on her part. The characters, history, and story really held my interest. I was also very happy that the story stayed true to Old Testament biblical principles even though it is a fiction novel. The only negative for me was it took a while to get the characters straight. The beginning is a bit monotonous with all of the characters, but the chart at the front of the book helped me keep the characters in order.
As for the cover, it is absolutely beautiful. I love everything about it: the font, the woman on the cover, but especially the photo of Egypt morphed into the background. The next book in the series, Miriam, has a very similar and beautiful cover.
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading Book 2 in the series. Since the beginning was a bit slow, I am giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars for a very enjoyable biblical fiction novel.
Thank you to Blogging with Books for sending me an advance reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review!